What Car? October 2021

Britain's best car buying guide now has a brand new look with an extra 40-pages in every issue, giving you more of What Car?'s famous comparison tests than ever before and more invaluable buying advice for every car on sale. Plus, What Car?'s Target Price promise could save you thousands off the price of your next car. No wonder they call us the car buyer's bible!

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‘The gap between the most and least dependable cars is as big as ever’ It’s been said that the greatest ability is dependability, and if you agree with that sentiment and are in the market for a new or used car, this issue of What Car? is potentially the most important of the year. You see, the results of our 2021 Reliability Survey show that the gap between the best and worst performers is as big – if not bigger – than ever, with a record six models suffering no faults at all in the past year, but others letting down more than half of their owners. This is based on the experiences of thousands of readers with cars aged between one and five years old. Plus, our rankings aren’t just based on…

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hyundai ioniq 5

YOU KNOW THAT warning you sometimes get on door mirrors about objects being closer than they appear? Well, if it’s a Hyundai Ioniq 5 that’s being reflected back at you, the opposite will actually be true. You see, while the hatchback bodystyle and general proportions of this new electric car might lead you to assume that you’re looking at something that’s about the size of a Volkswagen Golf, in reality it’s longer than a Tiguan SUV and almost as tall. Meanwhile, the distance between the front and rear axles is the same as you’ll find in Audi’s A8 limousine. As a result, the Ioniq 5 is seriously spacious; even with a six-footer driving, someone of the same size can sit behind and really stretch out. What’s more, the floor is completely flat,…

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bmw 2 series coupé

IT’S GOOD TO be bad in certain situations, and whether you’re talking about rock stars or cars, sometimes an uncouth, contrary image is exactly what’s needed to sell. Take the new BMW 2 Series Coupé for example: its square-jawed looks fly in the face of typical sleek coupé fare, and it’s stubbornly sticking with rear-wheel drive – a layout that traditionally promotes keen handling – when front-wheel drive might offer more benefits, including better fuel economy, less weight and more interior space. Three versions of the new 2 Series Coupé will be available at launch. The entry-level 220i is powered by a 181bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that promises average fuel economy of 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 144g/km, yet it can still reach 62mph from a standstill in 7.5sec. Anyone…

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fiat 500 24kwh

IF LESS IS more, this new entry-level Fiat 500 should be a winner. With a 24kWh battery, it’s usefully cheaper than its 42kWh stablemates, for one thing. And while that smaller battery brings the official range down to 115 miles from 199, if you seldom leave the city, that shouldn’t be an issue. The 24kWh car is still a zippy thing, too. The smaller, lighter battery means that – despite a deficit of 23bhp (94bhp in total) to the 42kWh model – it nips from 0-62mph in 9.5sec, against the latter’s 9.0sec. That’s pretty good for a city car, making light work of merging into traffic thanks to a strong, instant shove of acceleration. Around town, the 500’s accurate steering and tight turning circle make weaving through traffic a breeze, and there’s…

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cupra leon estate

THE PERFORMANCE LOAD lugger is quite a narrow niche, but Cupra now owns a very greedy slice of it. Squarer-backed and nearly 30cm longer than the Cupra Leon hatchback, the estate combines space and pace for way less than an Audi RS6, for example, and there’s even an e-Hybrid plug-in version that’ll appeal to the pockets of company car drivers. Topping the range, though, is this 2.0 TSI 310 model, which will suit the family that absolutely must get their sizeable picnic to the park before anyone else. With 306bhp, the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine has been tuned to give 10bhp more than it does in the Cupra Leon 300 hot hatch, with stout reserves of mid-rev grunt so you can pass slower-moving traffic in a finger snap. Okay, the upcoming Volkswagen…

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polestar 2 single motor

IF THE STUNNING Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance car made the world take notice, the dual-motor Polestar 2 electric executive car confirmed that Volvo’s performance division was here to stay as a maker of world-class electrified cars in its own right. It’s with this new entry-level model, though, that the brand gets really serious. The Polestar 2 is now available in single-motor guise with front-wheel drive and a choice of battery sizes and starts at just under £40,000. With that keener price, down from £45,900 for the four-wheel-drive, dual-motor variant, it handily undercuts the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and other premium electric cars such as the Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQA. So, what do you get for your money? Well, the Standard Range version gets a 64kWh battery (61kWh…